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Sinclair Annual Creative Writing Contest

Creative Writing Contest

About the Contest

Eligibility: Open to those writers who have received no payment for published manuscripts in the category they are entering (payment includes free copies of journals in which their work has appeared). Previous first and second place winners are ineligible to enter categories in which they have won. They may, however, enter other categories. Sinclair faculty, staff and spouses are ineligible.

Judging: Members of the Sinclair Community College faculty will select the winning entries. Winners will be notified by phone in March.

Fees: There is no cost to enter.

Winners: The winning entry in each category will receive $100. Second place in each category will receive $75. Third place in each category will receive $50. The above winners along with those receiving honorable mention will receive certificates suitable for framing. Contest winners will be presented awards during an April ceremony at Sinclair Community College. Winners need not be present; awards will be mailed.

For more information about the Creative Writing Awards contact Adrienne Cassel, Director.

How to Submit Your Writing


Adult: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction
High School: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction


Entries must be received by March 6, 2020.


All entries must be submitted electronically and submitted to

All entries should be typed (double-spaced for prose entries only). Full name, address, PHONE NUMBER and the TITLE of the work should appear on a COVER PAGE. Subsequent pages with the work being submitted should include THE TITLE. Do not include your name or any biographical information on the pages that you are submitting for the contest. If you are submitting more than one piece (for instance more than one poem), you must submit each piece separately.


  • Prose must not exceed 5,000 words.
  • Poetry must not exceed 100 lines per poem.

2019 Sinclair Community College Annual Creative Writing Winners

  • First place: Olivia Mayleben, "Life Succs"
  • Second place: A.C. Wolfe, "LET ME"
  • Third place: Christy Turner, "Fido"

Nonfiction, High School Category

  • First place: Lunden Mason, "Becoming"
  • Second place: Ethan Wendel, "How to Summon an Unthinkable Horror"
  • Third place: Austin Whitton, "Appendix Explosion"

Fiction, High School Category

  • First place: Sharon Corwin, "Maple Street"
  • Second place: Luke Kremer, "Flames"
  • Third place: Gemma Miller, "Solitaire Rapport"

Poetry, Adult Category

  • First place: Cassidy Manley, "Broken Mug"
  • Second place: Cassidy Manley, "When You Died"
  • Third place: Ryan Walker, "Providence"

Nonfiction, Adult Category

  • First place: Jessica Tanner, "Winter Diary"

Fiction, Adult Category

  • First place: Cassidy Manley, "Old Friend"
  • Second place: Rachel Coughlin, "Kenna & Kaden: The Lost Crimson Reaper"
  • Third place: Michael Mathews, "A Short Story"